x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Al Ain want to continue 'winning habit'

Al Ain travel to Dubai with Al Nasr on the back of an 8-0 drubbing of second division Dibba Al Fujairah in the President's Cup.

ABU DHABI // Al Ain travel to Dubai tonight with Al Nasr on the back of an 8-0 drubbing of second division Dibba Al Fujairah in the President's Cup. The nine-times league champions are the only unbeaten team in all the competitions so far and their coach Winfried Schaefer believes such wins are good habits for any team to keep their confidence high. "To win by such a big margin with any team is a remarkable result," said Schaefer. "Such results will do a lot of good to the confidence of the players and also send a strong signal to the other teams.

"We are hoping for another good result and if we can return with full points we will definitely have a stronger hold in the league. It won't be an easy game as Al Nasr is one of the better teams and they will be even stronger at home. "My players are now ready and combining well as a team. It is all about how well they play as a unit. And they are getting close to it." With Jorge Valdivia at the helm of their scoring chart, they have found the perfect man to lead their attack with the Brazilian Andre Diaz and Moroccan Soufiane Alloude, who may have to sit out from this game due to injury.

Nasr have won two and lost two so far in the league and will not fancy coming out of this game without any points. They too are playing after a convincing 4-1 win over Al Dhafra in a league clash and would want to put an end to Ain's unbeaten run. Dhafra travel to Ajman that has been a graveyard for visiting teams. Sharjah were the last to suffer and Mohammed Kwid's men will be aware how dangerous the home side can be with the two Iranians Jawad Kazemian and Ali Samareh being the two danger men.

Kwid said: "For a team like us, every game is a big game. So I don't expect anything worse to happen. We need to play consistently well against any opposition if we want to stay in the Pro League. Ajman will also have a similar strategy. This is a derby game for both teams." apassela@thenational.ae